After a high-voltage campaigning for the MCD elections 2017 and polling that came to an end on Sunday, now candidates and voters are waiting with bated breath for April 26, the day when results will be announced.
In Okhla a few hours after the polling ended, candidates and their die-hard workers were busy in calculation with everybody claiming that s/he is sailing through. The voter turnout in Delhi was 53.58 per cent, a shade higher than in the 2012 elections. However, Okhla’s witnessed low turnout with Zakir Nagar ward being 40.1 per cent.
“We are all working as per the schedule. All the EVMs have been deposited with due seal and counting will begin at 8 AM. There are 35 counting centres and we are all geared up,” Delhi State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava said.
Though some regional parties too have taken a plunged in this MCD poll, the main players are the AAP, the BJP and the Congress. In Okhla, it is a litmus test for AAP that two years ago had won with a record margin. Besides, two sitting Congress councillors in Sarita Vihar and Zakir Nagar are battling incumbency. Nitu is testing her luck for the second time and Shoeb Danish is aiming at hat-trick.
In Abul Fazal Enclave, sitting councillor did not contest with her husband Ameeruddin testing the waters on BSP ticket.
Overall elections were passed peacefully across the capital.
As many as 71,39,994 votes were polled on April 23. South Delhi polled maximum 26,87,685 votes, followed by North Delhi at 26,80,011. East Delhi polled 17,72,298 votes. The trifurcated MCD is ruled by the BJP that is trying its best to retain it.